Other Gods and Idols: The Relationship Between the Worship of Other Gods and the Worship of Idols Within the Old Testament
Other Gods and Idols: The Relationship Between the Worship of Other Gods and the Worship of Idols Within the Old Testament

Other Gods and Idols: The Relationship Between the Worship of Other Gods and the Worship of Idols Within the Old Testament

in The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies

by Thomas A. Judge

Pages 192
Publisher T&T Clark
Published 2019
ISBN-13 9780567684288
This study questions why the relationship between the worship of other gods and the worship of idols within the Old Testament is difficult to define, acknowledging how various traditions have seen these two issues as synonymous and others have viewed them as separate commandments.

Judge argues that there are four factors at play in this diversity. He introduces the first three through an examination of the relationship between the prohibitions listed in the biblical text, and the fourth through a study of the biblical depiction of the war against idols before and after the fall of the Northern Kingdom. Judge argues that texts depicting the era before the fall provide a context in which there are strong grounds to distinguishing the worship of the “wrong gods” and the worship of the right God in the wrong way. However, texts depicting the era after the fall provide a context in which the issues appear to have been fused.

  • Table of contents
  • Acknowledgements
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction
  • Part I The Ten Commandments as Instruction
    • Chapter 1 The Linguistic Ambiguity
    • Chapter 2 The Grammatical Ambiguity
    • Chapter 3 The Theological Ambiguity
    • Chapter 4 Three Difficulties of Defining the Wider Relationship
  • Part II The War Against Idols Before and After the Fall of the Northern Kingdom
    • Chapter 5 The War Before the Fall
    • Chapter 6 The War and the Fall
    • Chapter 7 The War After the Fall
    • Chapter 8 Returning to the Commandments in Light of the War
      • Conclusion
      • Appendices
      • Bibliography
      • Index of References
      • Index of Authors

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